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Presidential Pets

 

George Washington
  • He had two favorite horses, Nelson and Prescott.
  • He also had numerous dogs.
John Adams
  • A horse named Cleopatra
Thomas Jefferson
  • Two grizzly bears given to him by Lewis and Clark. He kept them on the White House lawn for some time.
  • A mocking bird named Dick.
  • Two shepard dogs named Bergere and Grizzle.
James Madison
  • He had a pet parrot who outlived both he and his wife.
James Monroe
  • He enjoyed riding horses.
  • He also had sheep dogs and a black spaniel.
John Quincy Adams
  • He was given an alligator that lived in the White House for several months.
  • His wife raised silkworms.
Andrew Jackson
  • Pet parrot named Poll (It cursed at his funeral.)
Martin Van Buren
  • He was given two tiger cubs while he was president.
William Harrison
  • Harrison had a billy goat at the White House.
  • A cow named Sukey
John Tyler
  • Two Italian Wolfhounds
  • A Greyhound dog named Le Beau
  • A canary called Johnny Ty
  • A horse named General
James Polk  
Zachary Taylor
  • An old horse named Whitey. The problem was that people would take a hair from his tail for a souvenir.
Millard Fillmore  
Franklin Pierce
  • Commodore Perry gave him two "sleeve dogs." They were small enough to sit on a saucer. He kept one and gave one to Jefferson Davis.
James Buchanan
  • He had a large Newfoundlander named Lara.
  • He was sent elephants which he gave to the zoo.
Abraham Lincoln
  • His children had a pet turkey. Lincoln gave the turkey a pardon so it wasn't killed and eaten.
Andrew Johnson
  • He had two Jersey cows at the White House.
  • He also kept white mice.
Ulysses S. Grant
  • He loved horses and horse racing. He had numerous horses during his life.
  • While at the White House his children had ponies named Reb and Billy Button.
Rutherford Hayes

His wife loved pets. They these while in the White House:

  • 3 birds
  • 4 cats
  • 5 dogs
  • a goat
  • a peacock
  • The first Siamese cat in America.
James Garfield
  • A dog named Veto
Chester Arthur  
Grover Cleveland
  • A mocking bird
  • Several canaries
  • A small dog (1.5 pounds)
Benjamin Harrison
  • A pet goat named Whiskers
William McKinley
  • A parrot (It is said that it could whistle Yankee Doodle.)
Theodore Roosevelt
  • A garden snake named Emily Spinach
  • A black bear cub named Jonathan Edwards
  • Dogs
  • A badger named Josiah
  • Ponies
  • A Macaw
  • A Hamster
William Taft
  • Taft like milk so he had cows graze on the White House lawn.
  • The cows were named Mooly Woolly and Pauline.
  • Pauline was the last cow to graze on the White House lawn.
Woodrow Wilson
  • A pet sheep that grazed on the White House lawn.
Warren Harding
  • A dog named Laddie Boy
  • A canary named Bob
Calvin Coolidge
  • Bird Dog named Palo Alto
  • A Bull Dog named King Cole
  • Chows named Blackberry, Rough and Ruby
  • Collies named Boston Beans, Rob Roy, Prudence, Prim and Bessie.
  • Sheep Dogs named Calamity Jane and Eaglehurst Gillette.
  • Terroer named Peter Pan. 
  • A racoon
  • And one cat named Tiger

(Guess he liked dogs.)

Herbert Hoover
  • An Irish Wolfhound named Patrick.
  • Fox Terriers named Sonnie and Big Ben.
  • Eskimo dog named Yukon
  • An Elkhound named Weejie 
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • A black Scottie named Fala. Perhaps the best know of all of the White House pets.
Harry S. Truman
  • A pet goat named called Dewey's Goat (Look up what it means to "Get your goat!")
Dwight Eisenhower
  • Dogs named Heidi a Weimaraner and Spunky
John Kennedy
  • Dogs - One named Pushinka was a gift from Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Leader.
  • They had a horse called Macaroni.
  • A cat
  • A Rabbit
  • Ponies
  • Hamsters
  • Birds
Lyndon Johnson
  • Beagles named Him and Her. (He was criticized for picking them up by their ears.) The Johnson's had a large farm in Texas. So he had numerous horses, cows, etc.
Richard Nixon
  • A Cocker Spaniel named Checkers
  • A Irish Setter named King Timahoe
  • A French Poodle named Vicky
  • A Yorkshire terrior named Pasha
Gerald Ford
  • A dog named Liberty
Jimmy Carter
  • A dog named Grits
Ronald Reagan
  • A gold fish given to him by a young boy.
  • A dog named Rex
George H. Bush
  • A Springer Spaniel named Millie
Bill Clinton
  • A cat named Sox. Sox was the first Presidential pet to have its own web site.
  • A Labrador Retriever named Buddy
George W. Bush
  • A Springer Spaniel named Spot. It is the son of Millie. (See George H. Bush.)
Barrack Obama
  • A Portuguese Water dog named Bo.
   

 



Sources:

The Presidents of the United States. 22 September 2004: http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/

Davis, Gibbs and Ilus. David A. Johnson. Wackiest White House Pets. New York: Scholastic Press, October 2004

James, Barber and Amy Pastan. Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies. New York: DK Publishing, 2002

Kane, Joseph Natan. Facts about the Presidents from Washington to Johnson. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1964.

McCullough, Noah, The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia. Random House, USA, 2006

Pine, Joslyn, Presidential Wit and Wisdom: Memorable Quotes from George Washington to Barack Obama . Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2009

Huffington Post web site.

Lang, Stephen, The Complete Book of Presidential Trivia, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, 2011

O'Reilly, Bill, and Dugard, Martin, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2011

St. George, Judith In the Line of Fire: Presidents' Lives at Stake , Scholastic Inc. New York, 2001

In addition to these books, I have also read and have used information from those listed on my Books About President page.

 

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